AZ Big Media AMA celebrates industry’s best and its 30th anniversary.

On the 30th anniversary of the Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA) and Cox Communications Tribute Awards, a record 29 winners were honored as the best and brightest of Arizona’s rental housing industry.

More than 1,600 were in attendance on August 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center as the AMA — the statewide trade association for the apartment industry — hosted the 30th Annual AMA/Cox Communications Tribute Awards.

This year’s Tribute Awards was particularly significant in light of COVID-19’s impact. Special recognition was bestowed upon the strength and resilience of its members and leadership.

“Look around this room. It’s great to be back in person. Tonight, on the 30th anniversary, we celebrate the biggest Tribute Award celebration ever,” says Courtney LeVinus, AMA President and CEO. “This is a great way to come back from the pandemic. It fills my heart with joy to see everyone in person. This is the night we celebrate our own – the best and brightest in the industry.”

Courtney LeVinus, AMA president and CEO

A record 790 nominations from 33 member companies participated. Volunteers donated more than 700 hours of their time to judge all the nominees. The AMA’s nomination and interview process is one of the most rigorous in the industry. Nominees complete an aptitude test and AMA judges conduct in-person interviews and some have personal shops or inspection of the properties and teams.

A total of 29 awards were handed out: 20 to individuals, five to teams and four to properties.

“I’m so proud to see our outstanding teams and individuals recognized tonight. I know it’s a special honor,” says Scott Hines, PEM Real Estate Group and the 2022 AMA board chair. “Our members do an impossible yet very important job each day and make it look easy. They do it to improve the quality of the industry. Tonight, it’s their chance to lift one another up and celebrate.”

Arizona’s apartment industry annually generates 131,000 jobs, $699 million in wages and an economic impact of $3.8 billion.

2022 Tribute Awards winners

Best Community Team of the Year Built Prior to 2003

· Villa Toscana, MEB Management Services

Best Community Team of the Year Built 2003-2013

· Desert Parks Vista, Sares Regis Management Company

Best Community Team of the Year Built 2014-2021

· The Place at Sonoran Trails, MC Residential

Best Community Team of the Year Outside the Valley

· Casa Bella, MEB Management Services

Best Community Team of the Year Student Housing

· Junction at Ironhorse, Asset Living

Corporate Employee of the Year

· Sarah Blik, MEB Management Services

Arizona Executive of the Year

Jennifer Staciokas, Western Wealth Communities

Housekeeper of the Year

Brianda Martinez, Kalon Luxury Apartments, PB Bell

Service Technician of the Year

Marcus Gabaldon, Lazo, Avenue5 Residential

Community Manager of the Year 1-199 Units

Erik Husa, Arches at Oracle, Scotia Group Management, LLC

Community Manager of the Year 200-299 Units

Bernadette Basso, Vela Camelback, Asset Living

Community Manager of the Year 300+ Units

Louis Wonnacott, Avana Desert View, Greystar Real Estate Partners

Community Manager of the Year Outside the Valley

Jamie Medina, Woodlands Village, Bella Investment Group

Property Supervisor of the Year

· Jonita Beisgen, MEB Management Services

Regional Service Supervisor of the Year

David Rensch, Avenue5 Residential

Assistant Manager of the Year

· Justine Solorio, University Square, Bella Investment Group

Leasing Consultant of the Year

Annette Hodges, Escape, Weidner Apartment Homes

Service Supervisor of the Year 1-199 Units

· Michael DaVaney, Lakeside Drive, Mark-Taylor Residential

Service Supervisor of the Year 200-299 Units

Terry Gatlin, Villa Toscana, MEB Management Services

Service Supervisor of the Year 300+ Units

Mike McKibben, Montreux, Asset Living

Service Supervisor of the Year Outside the Valley

Bryan Sampson, Cedar Ridge, MEB Management Services

Affordable Community of the Year

· Steeple Chase, Avenue5 Residential

Renovated Community of the Year

· The Place at Canyon Ridge, MC Residential

Developers Award for Best Community Design Garden Style

Senderos at South Mountain, Senderos at South Mountain, LLC

Developers Award for Best Community Design Mid/Low Rise Style

Roadrunner Apartments, JLB Residential

Industry Partner of the Year Statewide

Christopher Walker, Clark & ​​Walker, PC

Industry Partner of the Year Tucson

· Blythe Edmondson, Edmondson & Landon Law

Volunteer of the Year Statewide

· Flor Aparicio, Chamberlin + Associates

Volunteer of the Year Tucson

· Lisa Rosenfeld, HSL Asset Management

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